Category Archives: Android

PARK(ing) Day Dublin

So its the 16th of September again and that only means on thing PARK(ing) Day. To celebrate PARK(ing) Day 2016 ParkYa has partnered with the Dublin PARK(ing) Day group to bring the cities a population a handy app to help them find the parking installations around the city.

The app displays the locations on a map view and when selected provide some details of each installation.

You can download the apps using the links below.

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If you’d like to download ParkYa please use the links below.

ParkYa Android Release

We are very happy to announce that Parkya V 1.0 for Android is now available!

The new app includes our new Quick Pay feature, which makes it easier than ever to pay for parking. We’ve also introduced new UI improvements including a sliding menu, which make navigating the app even simpler.

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                    Are you still using the ParkYa Beta for Android? If so we would ask that you please download the new ParkYa app using the link provided as the Android Beta version will stop working shortly.

The ParkYa app won’t cost you a penny, so get downloading!get_android

We hope you enjoy the new app and as always if you have any question, please let us know!

Happy Parking!!

ParkYa Beta Program

We have been hard at work here at ParkYa HQ recently, developing a new version of our app. ParkYa 1.1 is due to hit the app store very soon, but in the meantime we would love to offer you the opportunity to take it for a test drive.. How do you get your hands on the app before everyone else?? I’m glad you asked! Its easy, all we ask is that you sign up below as one of our Beta testers. Once signed up we will send you a download link and away you go.. simple!

Please select which OS you use:


What is a Beta tester?.. Well to ensure ParkYa can provide the best parking solutions to its customers we rely on our community of users to provide us with their thoughts and feedback. So therefor before we release the latest version of our platform we test it with our users to ensure that your parking experience is at the highest standard.
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So what’s new with ParkYa… Well ParkYa 1.1 includes a number of improvements including:

  • Sliding Menu
  • Dedicated Sections for: Favourites, History Profile & About information.
  • Improved Layout of the Car Park section
  • Additional Parking Information
  • General Improvements & BUG Fixes

We hope you enjoy ParkYa 1.1. & be sure to let us know your thoughts, good or bad we can take it.. promise! Happy Parking!

San Francisco ban MonkeyParking

San Francisco has banned the use of the controversial parking application MonkeyParking. The MonkeyParking application enabled users to auction off public parking spaces that they are currently occupying for cash, once a buyer and fee is received the user then waits for them to arriver before exiting the spot.

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The Rome based company saw an opportunity in San Francisco, due to the city’s huge parking issues and believed it to be the perfect place for an application like MonkeyParking. Unfortunately the authorities didn’t see it the same way and have actually stated that the use of the application is illegal given that it is illegal to auction of any public land or space in San Francisco.

A number of actions have been taken to stop the use of the application these include fines which will be issued to anyone caught using the application. The makers of the application have also been issued a cease and desist order and a request has been made to Apple to remove the application from the App store due to breach of local law.

MonkeyParking has insisted that they are providing a service to the public and that they should not be banned and have even suggested undergoing regulation. Two similar apps Sweetch and ParkModo have also been warned that they will also received similar cease and desist letters. However a city spokesperson has stated that applications which allow user to rent out private parking spots such as CARMAnation will not be effected by the ban.

As controversy continues to grow around applications such as Lyft and Uber, (remember the taxi protests in London last week) the outcome of this situation could have a interesting effect on the future use of all sharing based applications…

 

Google to release Apple CarPlay Rival?

Rumours are rife in the auto world that Google are poised to release a rival to the hotly anticipated CarPlay by Apple. It is expected that this announcement will take place later this month at Googles annual developer conference in Mountain View, California.

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If you aren’t familiar with Apple CarPlay, its a new infotainment and communication system that has been designed by Apple and it is set to feature in a number of new cars due out later this year & next. The system allows the user to access most of the same features available on their iPhone and iPads. The system will also feature a wheel mounted button which will allow the user to communicate with Siri and send commands to the system. Siri will also be able to read out text messages and emails as well as driving instructions.

The Google system is rumoured to be slightly different that the above mentioned Apple CarPlay. It is suggested that the Google version will not be an embedded infotainment system, instead it will be a ‘projected’ system meaning the system would be able to connect to any Android smartphone via the car’s controls, accessing its content & applications and displaying it on the cars own display.

Google are rumoured to be in development with Audi, General Motors, Honda and Hyundai. While Apple announced earlier this year that CarPlay will be available in cars from Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.

Google and Apple are the makers of the two most used smartphone operating system in the world so it is not surprising that they would compete with each other in this way. However what is surprising is that so many automakers seem happy to scrape their own systems despite the years of development and cost involved. However there are advantages to using the Apple or Google system including having access to a community of developers who can continuously develop new and exciting applications. This is a major advantage to automakers as perviously this was not possible with their custom built systems.

The Google announcement is expected next week.. so watch this space!

Parkex 2014

ParkYa are very excited to be heading off to the Parkex 2014 exhibition in London tomorrow. Parkex is Europe’s largest dedicated parking exhibition, it will run from the 10th to the 11th of June and we will be there!parkex-2014

The exhibition showcases the best on offer in the world parking, including access control, payment solutions, parking management and the latest software. ParkYa are delighted to be involved and look forward to sharing our application with everyone.

Don’t know about ParkYa, well let us tell you. ParkYa is a mobile parking application for iOS and Android. The ParkYa application allows users to find parking, pay directly through their smartphone and set useful reminders which allow users to top up quickly and easily.

ParkYa also works with parking operators. With the ParkYa application parking operators can reach a greater number of drivers providing them with an opportunity to showcase their parking locations and availability. By using ParkYa and our enforcement application operators can avoid unnecessary application development costs and with tiered pricing there is a package suitable for all size parking operators. We also offers a white label solution which can provide companies with their own branded application.

For more on ParkYa check out the website or drop us a tweet!

Introducing the Google driverless car!

Google have announced that they are to start building driverless cars, and this week they have unveiled a sneak peak at their first prototype… This is the Google driverless car!

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We have known for some time that Google are very interested in automative driving. In fact they have been in development of this technology for some time, although perviously this technology had been installed on everyday cars which enabled automative driving. This car however is the first time Google have built there own vehicle and its fully autonomous.

Designed to resemble a city car, the car has two seats and is made from a soft foam-like material. As the car is fully autonomous there is no steering wheel or pedals, just a simple stop and go button..according to Google you don’t need controls you simply tell the car where you want to go and voila! With a a top speed of 25mph there is no fear of speeding! The car uses a series of cameras, sensors  and software, the combination of which enable the car to drive without the need of controls or a human driver.

Even though you are unlikely to see the Google driverless car on the street anytime soon the company remains determined to be the first to bring this technology to the world. “Fully autonomous driving has always been the goal of our project, because we think this could improve road safety and help lots of people who can’t drive. We’re now developing prototypes of vehicles that have been designed from the ground up to drive themselves—just push a button and they’ll take you where you want to go! We’ll use these vehicles to test our software and learn what it will really take to bring this technology into the world.” Google states that when testing begins they will use 100 vehicles each of which will have extra controls allowing test drivers to take over should there be any issues.

Although the car might not have much going for it in the looks department, the technology behind it is very exciting indeed.. Just imagine getting into your car after a long day at work and simply saying take me home! Thats the dream right there and if Google have their way that dream might be closer that we imagine.

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Car-sharing

Car-sharing has seen rapid growth in the pass five years thanks in most part to the recession. A short-term car rental solution is proving increasingly popular for residences of urban area’s. Today there are an estimated 2.3 million car sharing users, this is expected to reach 12 million by the end of the decade. (Via Navigant Research)car-share-parking

ZipCar which was founded 12 years ago has a global membership of over 800,000. Ireland has GoCar who offer a pay-as-you go service, based on a hourly rate. Carpooling.com has 3.7 million register users and estimated to transport 1 million people a month. So its far to say Car-sharring and Carpooling are growth area’s, but whats next.

Zipcar founder Robin Chase is exploring the next level of car-sharing. Buzzcar is a french start up which lets people rent out their own cars. Buzzcar is peer to peer and community driven. Their focus is on car-sharing within your community, your family, your friends, your neighbours. After one year Buzzcar had 1,000 cars signed up, 6,000 drivers and is still growing.

Would you rent out your car for a little extra income? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

Gardaí to use Twitter Alerts

The Grada Síochána are to be the first Irish government agency to use Twitters new alert service.

Twitter Alerts work by using a specialised Tweet composer, the composed Tweet will be tagged as critical. This critical Tweet will then be instantly delivered to the subscribers as a push notification or test message.

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Twitter Alerts will have a slightly different style in order to differentiate from normal tweets and grab users attention this includes a special orange bell icon. Twitter will also provide a custom url for participants of Tweet alerts to enable people to subscribe easily.

Currently only public agencies such as safety agencies, governments and NGOs are eligible to sign up for the alerts. So expect Garda alerts to your mobile phone any day now.